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Jersey numbers for new prospects, anyone?

I’m out of town, so I’m missing development camp for the first time since they started having them. Does anyone who attended have the roster sheet with the jersey numbers that the Kings usually provide? I’m looking especially for the new prospects, and Maxim Kitsyn (and anyone else I’m missing — see the reserve list,…

Kings’ prospect Michael Schumacher has 3 point night

19 year-old LW Michael Schumacher (6’5″, 210 lbs) has 19 goals and 30 assists this year in Sioux St. Marie. He’s got another year of juniors eligibility. Schumacher scores twice as Greyhounds down Rangers – Times Colonist Michael Schumacher scored twice and set up one more as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defeated the visiting…

Dinner with Hunter S. Thompson, Doug Gilmour, Josh Hamilton and Stefan Legein?

Stefan Legein […] spent his OHL career with the IceDogs organization (Mississauga and later Niagara). In 2006-07 he had a breakout year in the OHL, putting up 75 points in 64 games to go along with his 115 penalty minutes. He [was] part of the Canadian World Junior squad that eventually won the Gold Medal […]. The 5’8, 200 pound forward was selected 37th overall in the 2007 NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Much was made of his unexpected, yet brief, retirement [in 2008]. Stefan was later traded to the Flyers and then dealt to the Kings […]. He just signed a 1 year, 2-way deal with the Kings […].

Duluth Native Forbort Still Maturing

Duluth Native Forbort Carries Potential, Still Maturing — The CW for Duluth MN Sports Duluth native Derek Forbort was the tallest player listed at the Los Angeles Kings development camp, which ended on July 10, but team officials say he is still early in the maturation process. “He’s very immature physically, I think,” Los Angeles general…

“If we don’t move younger people in, we’re going backwards.”

In Detroit, people are wondering with 39-year-old Tomas Holmstrom will be returning for his sixteenth season. Report: Teams expressing interest in Tomas Holmstrom | ProHockeyTalk Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News caught up with Wings GM Ken Holland and asked about Holmstrom’s future with the club. Noting that Holland was “using much the same language…

Why I prefer to just say no to Doan

Going into next season with the roster intact (which, by the way, is some kind of miracle) is a silver lining inside a cloud no-one is talking about yet. The conventional wisdom is that a huge contributing factor to Stanley Cup hangover is the fact that the team has just played 100+ games compared to most teams’ 82, and have had only a few weeks to recover, compared to half a year. Players are banged up. Old players, exponentially so.

Whither Clifford?

Of the six left wings mentioned — Brown, Penner, Gagne, King, Nolan and Clifford — one of them (Gagne) is almost certain to leave after next season (if he can even make it through 2012-13 healthy), and another (Penner) is not any kind of lock to return after next year either. I would say, actually, that since neither Clifford or Nolan ought to be considered top-six forwards (you can make an argument for King, though he fits anywhere), really we’re talking about whether there’s room for all three of Clifford, Nolan and King in the bottom six. We can just remove Brown, Gagne and Penner from the equation.

How many prospects make it? How long does it take?

Short version: Two or three out of every ten picks will turn into a viable roster player. One, maaaybe two, of those will be someone special. And it takes two or three years from the draft for the player to develop, sometimes less, sometimes more. Long version: Class of 2000 (GM Dave Taylor) Alex Frolov…